Carryout Cocktails

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With Governor Newsom’s recent announcement enabling restaurants to continue offering carryout cocktails through 2021, why not celebrate with a takeout libation in the comfort of your own home. Head to one of these San Diego eateries mixing up boozy creations fit for a night in!

Bonita gem and award-winning eatery, Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro, is the idyllic destination for those seeking an elevated carryout cocktail teeming with high-caliber ingredients. With no shortage of cocktail creations, this local eatery touts a mean Tamarindo Martini comprised of vodka, Tamarindo, cane syrup and tajin for a kick, plus their house-made Mojito crafted from rum, lime, mint, soda water and cane syrup – you can never go wrong with this classic. Carryout cocktails must accompany a food purchase at this spot, so be sure to order one of their top-notch dishes to go with your libation!

Mavericks Beach Club is Pacific Beach’s apt go-to for a taste of San Diego’s coastal allure. Merging the neighborhood’s lively energy with sun-soaked days at the beach, the location slings dreamy concoctions available for both dine-in and carryout, including crave-worthy creations such as their Mavericks Mai Tai brimming with Cruzan Dark Rum, Bacardi, lime juice, pineapple juice, orgeat and Meyers Float, as well as their Mavericks Margarita, delivering an array of tropical flavors from El Jimador Silver, desert pear syrup and fresh lime juice.

Little Italy’s Cloak & Petal is best-known for its stunning aesthetic equipped with a life-size, artificial cherry blossom tree that canopies the bar, but sometimes a person’s got to park it on the couch and binge their favorite TV show instead. Rest assured, Cloak & Petal has you covered with to-go pouches of craft cocktails made-to-order. Favorites include Nobunaga’s Demise infused with pineapple, lemon, coconut, banana, Navy Strength Gin, London Dry Gin, blue curacao and Japanese melon, as well as their Born & Dayzed packed with a blend of rums from Barbados and Martinique, intermingled with velvet falernum, passionfruit and fresh lime juice. This spot whips up some amazing sushi rolls and bento boxes as well, so why not give your cocktail some company while you’re at it?

If Pacific Beach is closer to your stomping grounds, look no further than Waterbar, where you can still catch a glimpse of the ocean before heading back home to slurp your Frozen Watermelon Margarita or Kappa’s Cup featuring a blend of Bombay Sapphire, St. Germain, Crème de Mure, lavender, blackberry and lemon. The location also offers a slew of fresh-caught seafood options as well as toothsome apps to savor as you enjoy your margarita me-time.

There’s nothing quite like a brunch cocktail to complete a morning feast at home, but let’s face it – we’re not all star-tenders fully equipped with muddlers and swizzle sticks! That’s why Breakfast Company is happy to roll up their sleeves and prepare their cocktails for the journey home with you. Order a Mashed Potato Waffle to go with one of their innovative morning libations, including options such as the Beet, infused with horchata vodka, Ancho Reyes, beet juice and lemon juice, or try your hand at the Breakfast Shot, brimming with Irish Whiskey, orange juice and butterscotch whiskey, all finished with a slice of bacon.

Too stubborn to make your own mule? Bub’s @ the Beach is the quintessential mule destination, so you can rest easy knowing it’s in the hands of a professional when you grab a carryout mule from this Pacific Beach staple. Mule specialties include their Caliente Mule teeming with piquant flavors from Espolon tequila, house-made pineapple-jalapeno syrup, Fever Tree ginger beer, fresh lime and bitters, topped off with soda water, or satisfy your sweet tooth with The Pacific Peach Mule packing Ketel One Botanical Peach and Orange Blossom, muddled strawberries, elderflower liqueur, Fever Tree ginger beer, fresh lime and bitters, finished with champagne – because you’re fancy and they know it.

If you’re no home bartender, fret not! These local cocktail destinations are here to keep the libations flowing – takeout style.